Two years later, COVID-19 remains one step ahead
April 13, 2023
Two years of the pandemic have been particularly long for Dr. Richard Palahniuk, Minnesota's first known case of COVID-19.
Since testing positive on March 6, 2020, the retired anesthesiologist has feared the return of the worst illness of his life. He'll never forget days of shivering in a parka while huddled by a fire. Or nights of burning up in sweat-soaked sheets. Or struggling with exhaustion for days or losing his sense of taste and smell for three months.
Only recently has the 77-year-old stepped out with his wife for an early dinner or matinee.
"We're sitting a mile from the nearest other person," he said.